Eula Mae's Smothered Cabbage

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  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 pound salt meat, trimmed, cut into 1-inch cubes, boiled in enough water to cover for 30 minutes, and drained
  • 1 head white cabbage (about 2 pounds), cored and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon TABASCO® brand Original Red Sauce


Heat the oil in a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the salt meat and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the cabbage, onions, and water; stir to mix, cover and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.

Add the sugar, salt, black pepper, and TABASCO® Sauce, and stir to mix. Cover and cook, stirring often, for 30 minutes longer. Serve hot.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

According to local tradition, you must eat cabbage on New Year's Day if you want to be wealthy. Sometimes the cabbage is made into cole slaw, but more often than not, the favored dish is smothered cabbage. Recipe from "Eula Mae's Cajun Kitchen Cookbook"

Another New Year's Day favorite: Eula Mae's Good Luck Black- Eyed Peas

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  • Name: Kathy
    Date: January 1st, 2016
    I made this for New Year's Day 2016. Everyone really liked it, even those who say they don't like cabbage. I used bacon for the meat.
  • Name: Patricia Sledge
    Date: May 3rd, 2013
    Tried this recipe really did like it. The next time I made it, I put in chunks of russet potatoes, that I cooked with the salt pork. I removed them from pan after meat was browned. Added potatoes to cabbage for the last 30mins of cooking. Wonderful.
  • Name: Chelsi
    Date: March 2nd, 2012
    Fantastic! Great flavor.